Predictable? Maybe

The Daily Post Prompt: Unpredictable“behaving or occurring in a way that is not expected.”

Not likely; most who know me will tell you I’m very predictable. I keep my house clean enough one would think the Queen of England was visiting. My kids will tell you I can never keep their Christmas or birthday presents a secret, and I’m an obsessive planner and list maker.

My husband would say, besides being the most opinionated and challenging woman he’s ever met, I have no sense of direction. My sisters will tell you I’m an uncompromising conservative, among other things, but I’ll leave those adjectives to your imagination. Yet, I’m a complete fly-by-the-pants writer – go figure.

To be honest, they’re all correct – to a point. I’ll admit preferring the known to the unknown.Predictability gives me a sense of safety in a world that’s growing increasingly uncertain and unsafe by the day. Give me a map, my lists, instructions, or detailed plans any day. I’ve had my share of unpredictability, and I don’t like it.

However, I’m open to other opinions and words of wisdom, see for yourself:





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9 thoughts on “Predictable? Maybe

  1. Sheila,

    Is there a difference between predictable and dangerous?

    I try to be very predictable in life, but then again maybe I just know what I like and since I have tried most everything I know what I like and what I don’t like. An example is when we go to the Asian restaurant, I always get sushi.

    But I like to have a edge of danger about me with people I don’t know well. That way they cant predict what I might do. An example is that my kids go to a Christian Private school so occasionally, I throw out a slightly inappropriate remark to keep the other parents on their toes or if I am around too many Republicans I throw out that I am a Democrat or if I am around too many hippies I start telling stories about when I was in the military.

    But the reality of my life is that I am a big chicken and I try to live the predictable life with no self induced drama.

    rob

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    • Yes, Rob I think there is a difference. I like to think unpredictability as being more spontaneous. Of course, that’s the positive side. The other is it can also be dangerous. Only you can be the judge of which is which in your own life. I appreciate seeing you in the pasture and thanks for contributing to the conversation.

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  2. I lead a life dominated by routine, as I am a high school teacher. I need to map out my day ahead and be prepared and account for every hour and sometimes even minute. In that sense my day is rather predictable. But sometimes, as is the case with young people, discussions in class take a turn and everything becomes heightened and unpredictable. I thrive on it, I must confess.
    I would like to think that my writing is rather unpredictable, for I do not plan that. It just happens.
    Loved your writing. ‘Predictability gives me a sense of safety in a world that’s growing increasingly uncertain and unsafe by the day. Give me a map, my lists, instructions, or detailed plans any day. I’ve had my share of unpredictability, and I don’t like it.’ I totally understand these lines! 😀

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  3. I guess there are some things that are predictable as far as behavior is concerned.
    Writing everything down is a trait of good organization and goal setting. take it further and the possibilities are endless…

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  4. I am methodical about things that need to be ordered and organized. I am sloppy about things that don’t matter. So in those areas, I suppose I am predictable. My life follows a regular schedule. Is that predictable? I suppose. I think, though, that if people knew what is inside my head, they’d be surprised 🙂

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